Sources from Montecitorio explain it: “‘Christmas gift’? No, it is a remodulation of the allocations already due to deputies for the management of office activities”
“With reference to today’s press article on the alleged ‘Christmas gift to deputies’, it should be noted that, in the provision cited, there is no increase in spending or a bonus for deputies. It is, in fact, a remodulation of the allocations already due to deputies for the management of office activities”. So sources of the Chamber.
“Based on the previous regulation, in fact, the deputies, during the legislature, could ask for a refund for the purchase of IT goods and stationery supplies for a value equal to that envisaged by the new regulation which limits itself to increasing flexibility of the equipment, making it possible to strengthen the IT component with respect to the use of mostly paper-based material”.
“The reason for this intervention, as is evident for each of us, lies in the changes affecting the way office activities are carried out, in general. This is even more valid for the exercise of the parliamentary mandate and the procedures of carrying out institutional activities, which increasingly pass through electronic devices, think of the preliminary phase in the Commission, managed and ordered almost entirely through digitized procedures”.
“In conclusion – specify Montecitorio sources – there is therefore no increase in the reimbursement, but it is exclusively a question of a remodulation and an update of the equipment, due to technological innovation and the consequent change in the methods through which the mandate is exercised parliamentarian”.